Theme: AI World Society to Examine the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Government
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm, April 25, 2019
Venue: Loeb House, Hazard University, 17 Quincy street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The forthcoming AI World Society – G7 Summit Initiative will focus on

the AI-Government Model for democracy in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

This is a new and evolutionary political development.

                         AI-Standards and Government Concepts

  • Time:        8:30 am – 12:00 pm, April 25, 2019
  • Venue:      Loeb House, Harvard University, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138


AGENDA of AIWS-G7 Summit Conference

  • Governor Michael Dukakis: Opening Remarks
  • Arnaud Mentré, Consul General of France in Boston: The French Perspective on Artificial Intelligence and the G7 Summit
  • Professor Thomas Patterson: AI World Society – G7 Summit Initiative
  • Governor Michael Dukakis: Presents the AI World Society – G7 Summit Initiative to the Government of France
  • Vint Cerf, the Father of the Internet: Honored as World Leader in AI World Society (AIWS)
  • Vint Cerf: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of the Internet
  • Professor Matthias Scheutz: Concepts for AIWS Standards
  • Paul Nemitz: Legal Concepts for AI – Layer 4 of AI World Society
  • Conference Delegates: Open Discussion
  • Governor Michael Dukakis: Closing Remarks
  • Closing Remarks
  • Governor Michael Dukakis


Boston Global Forum honored Vint Cerf as World Leader in AI World Society

At the AI World Society – G7 Summit Conference, Boston Global Forum honored one of the Father of Internet, Vint Cerf, as World Leader in AI World Society Award. Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the BGF delivered remarks of honor.

the father of the Internet, the leader of Google on the Internet, Vine Cerf, gave a speech to receive the World Leader Award in Artificial Intelligence Society.

Below is Remarks of Honor by Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the Boston Global Forum:

Each year at this conference we grant our World Leader in AI World Society award. I’m pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Vinton Cerf.

Vint Cerf is recognized as a father of the Internet, sharing the title with co-inventor Bob Kahn. His contributions have been widely acknowledged with a long list of honorary degrees, including doctorates from Yale and Tsinghua University, and numerous awards, including the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Marconi Prize. He was an inaugural inductee of the Internet Hall of Fame.

After his pioneering work in developing the Internet while at the U.S, Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Mr. Cerf helped create the first commercial email system. Then, in the 1990s, along with Bob Kahn and others, he founded the Internet Society –ISOC – to provide leadership in creating Internet standards and policy. He subsequently helped found ICANN, which coordinates name and numerical spaces on the Internet, and would later serve as chairman of ICANN’s board. He serves on the advisory board of the Council on Cyber Security and is a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery,

Since 2005, Mr. Cerf has been with Google as a Vice President and its Chief Internet Evangelist, a position that has enabled him to address major issues in areas such as the environment, digital transformation, and Artificial Intelligence. AI presents both opportunity and challenge, holding out great promise while also posing substantial risk, and Mr. Cerf has been a leading voice in how AI can be used to advance society’s collective interests.

A distinguishing feature of Mr. Cerf’s long and remarkable career has been his effort to ensure that the Internet serves humanitarian values. He has been a tireless advocate of net neutrality and for making broadband technology more widely available, and has supported innovative approaches to global problems, including the digital divide and the gender gap.

The digital and internet revolution is transforming how we live, work, and connect with each other, and few individuals have made a larger and more positive contribution to that transformation than has Vint Cerf. We are honored to recognize him as this year’s recipient of the World Leader in AI World Society award.

On receiving the World Leader Award in Artificial Intelligence Society, Mr. Cerf gave a speech at the AI World Society – G7 Summit Conference. Watch the video here: Vint Cerf: One of the Fathers of the Internet received World Leader in AIWS Award.

Ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

On April 8, 2019, the High-Level Expert Group on AI presented  their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence.

According to the guidelines, trustworthy AI should be:

(1) lawful –  respecting all applicable laws and regulations

(2) ethical – respecting ethical principles and values

(3) robust – both from a technical perspective while taking into account its social environment

The guidelines put forward a set of 7 key requirements that AI systems should meet in order to be deemed trustworthy. A specific assessment list aims to help verify the application of each of the key requirements:

  • Human agency and oversight: AI systems should empower human beings, allowing them to make informed decisions and fostering their fundamental rights. At the same time, proper oversight mechanisms need to be ensured, which can be achieved through human-in-the-loop, human-on-the-loop, and human-in-command approaches
  • Technical Robustness and safety: AI systems need to be resilient and secure. They need to be safe, ensuring a fall back plan in case something goes wrong, as well as being accurate, reliable and reproducible. That is the only way to ensure that also unintentional harm can be minimized and prevented.
  • Privacy and data governance: besides ensuring full respect for privacy and date protection, adequate data governance mechanisms must also be ensured, taking into account the quality and integrity of the data, and ensuring legitimised access to data.
  • Transparency: the data, system and AI business models should be transparent. Traceability mechanisms can help achieving this. Moreover, AI systems and their decisions should be explained in a manner adapted to the stakeholder concerned. Humans need to be aware that they are interacting with an AI system, and must be informed of the system’s capabilities and limitations.
  • Diversity, non-discrimination and fairness: Unfair bias must be avoided, as it could could have multiple negative implications, from the marginalization of vulnerable groups, to the exacerbation of prejudice and discrimination. Fostering diversity, AI systems should be accessible to all, regardless of any disability, and involve relevant stakeholders throughout their entire life circle.
  • Societal and environmental well-being: AI systems should benefit all human beings, including future generations. It must hence be ensured that they are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Moreover, they should take into account the environment, including other living beings, and their social and societal impact should be carefully considered.
  • Accountability: Mechanisms should be put in place to ensure responsibility and accountability for AI systems and their outcomes. Auditability, which enables the assessment of algorithms, data and design processes plays a key role therein, especially in critical applications. Moreover, adequate an accessible redress should be ensured.

According to Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), standard of transparency is also one of four main components under AIWS Ethics and Practice Index. It substantially promotes and applies openness and transparency in the use and development of AI, including data sets, algorithms, intended impacts, goals, and purposes.


Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as Chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education, the Americas Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), CosmosID, StopBadWare, the Gorilla Foundation and the Intaba Institute (for the Deaf). Cerf also sits on the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University. He serves on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Committee and serves as Chair of the Visitors Committee on Advanced Technology of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also serves as 1st Vice President and Treasurer of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, the Hasso Platner Institute and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Order (Grand Cross) of Bulgaria, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, installation in the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Rotary Club International Paul P. Harris Medal, the Joseph Priestley Award from Dickinson College, the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute on Disability Annual Award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend medal. Cerf was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006. He was made an Eminent Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society in 2009. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Webby Award. In February 2011 he was named a Stanford Engineering School “Hero” for his work on the Internet and received a lifetime achievement award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”

In addition to his work on behalf of Google and the Internet, Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict” and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and often co-hosted World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet. Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Marymount University; the University of Pisa; the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications; Tschingua University, Beijing, China; the University of Zaragoza, Spain; the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Bethany College, Kansas; the Moscow State University of International Relations and the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.


the Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade, Government of Massachusetts

Nam joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which

oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film

Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment. Previously Nam was the CEO of

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).

Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier

community banks and large commercial banks. From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of

Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of

International Trade & Investment.

Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School

of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative submitted to the French Government

Representatives of the French Government, French Consul General at Boston Arnaud Mentre received the Artificial Intelligence Society Initiative for the 2019 G7 Summit.

The AIWS – G7 Summit Initiative was announced on April 25, 2019 at AIWS-G7 Summit Conference at Loeb House, Harvard University.

The Initiative is The Next Generation Democracy – AI World Society.  The AIWS Model envisions a society where creativity, innovation, tolerance, democracy, the rule of law, and individual rights are recognized and promoted, where AI is used to assist and improve government decision-making, and where AI is a mean of giving citizens a larger voice in governing.

The AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative has three parts: AI-Government, AI-Citizen, and AI Government Index.

The co-authors are Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the Boston Global Forum; Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of Boston Global Forum; David Bray, Executive Director of The People-Centered Internet coalition; Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT; Professor Thomas Creely, Naval War College; Mr. Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, Directorate General for Justice and Consumers, the European Commission; Professor Thomas Patterson, Harvard; David Silbersweig, Harvard; President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid; and Mr.Kazuo Yano, Chief Engineering of Hitachi.

Consul General of France Arnaud Mentre received the AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative at the Conference.

AIWS-G7 Summit Conference introduces AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative and Legal Concepts for AI – Layer 4 of AI World Society

In the morning April 25, 2019, the Boston Global Forum (BGF) organized

AIWS-G7 Summit Conference at Loeb House, Harvard University.

The conference is sponsored by Government of Commonwealth of Massachusetts and supported by France Government.

Mr. Arnaud Mentre, Consul General of France in Boston, Representative of French Government, received the AIwS-G7Summit Initiative of BGF.  He presented a keynote speech at the conference with topic “The French Perspective on Artificial Intelligence and the G7 Summit”.

On behalf of co-authors, Professor Thomas Patterson introduce AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative.

At the prestigious event, the Boston Global Forum honored one of Fathers of Internet, Vint Cerf as World Leader in AI World Society.

Mr. Paul Nemitz presented the principles of creating Artificial Intelligence Law, layer 4 of the 7-layer Artificial Intelligence Society model.


Mr. Paul Nemitz, presented Legal Concepts for AI – Layer 4 of AI World Society he introduces concepts of AI International Law. This is pioneer of AI Legal.

His precision gets very provocative discussion from professors of Harvard University, MIT include Professor Neil Gershenfeld, MIT etc.

Mr. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade of Government of Massachusetts gave speech, committed Government of MA supports AIWS-Summit.

Russia is Now OK with Regulation of Military AI?

Two years ago, arms control advocates had reason for hope when scores of countries metat the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS. The main goal was to limit or regulate military AI.At the time, Russia was strongly against these efforts, arguing that “it is hardly acceptable for the work on LAWS to restrict the freedom to enjoy the benefits of autonomous technologies being the future of humankind” due to  “the difficulty of making a clear distinction between civilian and military developments of autonomous systems based on the same technologies is still an essential obstacle in the discussion on LAWS.” (source:

Fast forward to today and Russia is seemingly changingits stand on this issue. At least, that is according to a signal sent by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, who saidthis week, “we believe that it is necessary to activate the powers of the global community, chiefly at the UN venue, as quickly as possible to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework that would prevent the use of the specified [new] technologies for undermining national and international security.”

This reversal of course by Russia is interesting considering its strengthened support for AI use in military applications during the past two years. President Vladimir Putin even said that AI is necessary in weapons production.

Russian officials now seemed interested in standards for AI. What caused Russia to change its stand? Regardless of the answer, the AI World Society welcomes Russia’s softened approach to this important matter. We hope that our Comprehensive Report and Guidelineson AI Ethics could be helpful.

Eye on A.I.— How to Fix Artificial Intelligence’s Diversity Crisis

In recent years, researchers and journalists have highlighted artificial intelligence sometimes stumbling when it comes to minorities and women. Facial recognition technology, for example, is more likely to become confused when scanning dark-skinned women than light-skinned men.

Last week, AI Now, a research group at New York University, released a study about A.I.’s diversity crisis. The report said that a lack of diversity among the people who create artificial intelligence and in the data they use to train it has created huge shortcomings in the technology.

For example, 80% of university professors who specialize in A.I. are men, the report said. Meanwhile, at leading A.I. companies like Facebook, women comprise only 15% of the A.I. research staff while at Google, women account for only 10%.

Furthermore, Timnit Gebru, who is an A.I. researcher at Google, is cited in the report as saying “she was one of six black people—out of 8,500 attendees” at a leading A.I. conference in 2016.

The report’s authors believe that the problem of A.I. performing poorly with certain groups could be fixed if a more diverse set of eyeballs was involved in the technology’s development. And while tech companies say they are aware of the problem, they haven’t done much to fix it, the report said.

One possible solution is for companies to examine and repair any workplace cultures that are off-putting to women and people of color. Most women, for instance, wouldn’t want to work at a company if they knew that it tolerates bigotry and unequal wages between the genders.

Another solution for improving workplace diversity is for companies to be more transparent, which signals to prospective employees their seriousness about the issue. This could include publishing employee compensation figures broken down by race and gender, releasing harassment and discrimination reports that reveal the number of such incidents, and ensuring that executive salaries “are tied to increases in hiring and retention of under-represented groups.”

It’s these types of public steps that could lead to more people of diverse backgrounds working on A.I., the report said, ensuring that the next big A.I. breakthrough benefits everyone.

In a related note, Joy Buolamwini, the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab who did not work on the report discussed here, has done remarkable work chronicling A.I. bias problems in facial recognition systems. That work earned her a spot on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list, published last week along side a number of other techies.

Artificial Intelligence Can Detect PTSD in Your Voice

Speech analysis software could revolutionize how we diagnose mental disorders.

Listen Closely

For years, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been one of the most challenging disorders to diagnose. Traditional methods, like one-on-one clinical interviews, can be inaccurate due to the clinician’s subjectivity, or if the patient is holding back their symptoms.

Now, researchers at New York University say they’ve taken the guesswork out of diagnosing PTSD in veterans by using artificial intelligence to objectively detect PTSD by listening to the sound of someone’s voice. Their research, conducted alongside SRI International — the research institute responsible for bringing Siri to iPhones— was published Monday in the journal Depression and Anxiety. 

According to The New York Times, SRI and NYU spent five years developing a voice analysis program that understands human speech, but also can detect PTSD signifiers and emotions. As theNYT reports, this is the same process that teaches automated customer service programs how to deal with angry callers: By listening for minor variables and auditory markers that would be imperceptible to the human ear, the researchers say the algorithm can diagnose PTSD with 89% accuracy.

Objective Diagnosis

Researchers interviewed and recorded 129 war-zone exposed veterans and gathered 40,000 speech samples to study. Then they used the audio to teach the AI which vocal changes correlated with diagnoses of PTSD — a slower, more monotonous cadence was an indicator of PTSD, as well as a shorter tonal range with less enunciation.

The AI, they say, can detect minute changes in the voice, like the tension of throat muscles and whether the tongue touches the lips — all potential indicators of a PTSD diagnosis.

“They were not the speech features we thought,” Charles Marmar, a psychiatry professor at NYU and one of the authors of the paper, told the NYT. “We thought the telling features would reflect agitated speech. In point of fact, when we saw the data, the features are flatter, more atonal speech. We were capturing the numbness that is so typical of PTSD patients.”

Although the AI is a breakthrough for VA clinicians, there are blindspots. By only inputting data from male combat veterans, the scope of the program’s potential is limited to men in the military — though it could be a proof of concept toward a more universal technology. As it’s refined, speech analysis could become an effective biomarker for objectively identifying the disorder, allowing clinicians to accurately diagnose veterans and give them the mental health support they need.


Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation;

Co-Founder, Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum;

Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988;

Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University

As Co-Founder and Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of Thinker of The Boston Global Forum, Michael Stanley Dukakis culminates a half-century career dedicated to public service, political leadership, fostering the careers of young leaders, and scholarly achievement.

Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan, this former Massachusetts governor, has established The Boston Global Forum as a globally recognized think tank noted for developing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s most contentious issues, among them: fair labor practices in third-world nations, US-North Korean denuclearization negotiations, and the militarization of the South China Sea. Most recently, Gov. Dukakis has called for the ethical development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and other 21st century Internet advances that permeate out daily lives.

To promote the work of the Boston Global Forum and to recognize those who support its goals, Gov. Dukakis co-created: “World Leader in Peace and Cybersecurity” Award; “World Leader in AI World Society” Award, and the AI World Society Initiative. Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan he also established December 12 as the annual Global Cybersecurity Day. Gov. Dukakis also coauthored, “The concepts of AI-Government,” “Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC),” and the “BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Report.”

Gov. Dukakis’s dedication to public service began modestly when he was elected Town Meeting Member in his native Brookline, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. He was later elected chairman of his town’s Democratic organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1962 where he served four terms as a state legislator. In 1970, he was the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor and the running mate of Boston Mayor Kevin White in a gubernatorial race lost to Republicans Frank Sargent and Donald Dwight, Jr.

In 1974, he again ran for governor of the Commonwealth beating Gov. Sargent decisively in November of that year. He inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst financial and economic crises in history. But the effort took its toll. Dukakis was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1978 by Edward King, but came back to defeat King in 1982 and was reelected to an unprecedented third, four-year term in 1986. His colleagues in the National Governors’ Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation that year.

Gov. Dukakis ran for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. After announcing that he would not seek reelection as governor in 1991, he and his wife, Kitty, spent three months at the University of Hawaii where he was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health. While at the University of Hawaii, he led a series of public forums on the reform of the nation’s health-care system that influenced the creation of Hawaii’s first-in-the-nation universal health insurance system whose lessons were incorporated into the national Affordable Care Act, championed by President Barrack Obama.

In addition to his Boston Global Forum role, Gov. Dukakis is currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. Recently, he and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored, “How to Get Into Politics-and Why,” to provide young people with a road map to a career in public service.

As a life-long public transportation advocate, Gov. Dukakis was nominated by President Bill Clinton for a five-year term as a named to the Board of Directors of Amtrak in 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. He is often called upon to offer his expertise on rail service to Boston.

Gov. Dukakis continues to live Brookline, where he was born on November 3, 1933 to Panos and Euterpe (Boukis) Dukakis, who had emigrated from Greece and settled there after marrying. He graduated from Brookline High School (1951), Swarthmore College (1955), and Harvard Law School (1960), after which, he served for two years in the United States Army, sixteen months of which were with with the support group to the United Nations delegation of the Military Armistice Commission in Munsan, Korea.

Mike and Kitty Dukakis have three children: John, Andrea, and Kara, and are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.


Consul General of France in Boston

Prior to his assignment in Boston, Arnaud Mentré was Deputy Assistant Secretary for North America in the Bureau of the Americas at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (2015-2018), responsible for bilateral relationships with the U.S. and Canada.

Arnaud Mentré joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006 in the Bureau of strategic affairs, international security and disarmament.

From 2009-2011, he served as counsellor at the French Embassy in Moscow, and then became advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for Russian, Eastern European, and defense and security issues (2011-2012).

From 2012-2015, Arnaud Mentré served as senior counsellor and spokesman at the French Embassy in New Delhi.

Arnaud Mentré is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He holds an M.A. in civil law from the University of Paris II and graduated from Sciences-Po.

He teaches global affairs at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) – Sciences Po.


Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School

Thomas E. Patterson is Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. Heis a Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School and has served as the Acting Director of Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy since July 1, 2015. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century.

He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundation.

Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.




Professor in Cognitive and Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory and the new Human-Robot Interaction Ph.D. program, and Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in the School of Engineering at Tufts University.

Scheutz is a Professor in Cognitive and Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory and the new Human-Robot Interaction Ph.D. program, and Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in the School of Engineering at Tufts University.

He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Vienna in 1995 and a Joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1999.

He has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive modeling, robotics, and human-robot interaction. His current research focuses on complex interactive autonomous systems with natural language and machine learning capabilities.

Nguyen Anh Tuan

Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Co-Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Global Forum

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan is co-founder and Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), and co-founder and CEO of The Boston Global Forum (BGF).

Tuan is recognized globally for his pivotal role as a Vietnam Government reformist, who has successfully fostered freedom-of-expression, vigorous open debate and private enterprise in a nation that has become a leader in commerce, culture, and the innovation as well as a close ally of the West.

For his AI World Society Initiative and the concepts of AI-Government he developed, Vietnam National Television (VTV) named him Person of The Year 2018.

He is the Founder and Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet, Vietnam’s preeminent online newspaper. Additionally, Tuan was the Founder and CEO of VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider in Vietnam.

In recognition of his contributions to his native country, the Government of Vietnam named Tuan one of the nation’s 10 most outstanding young talents in 1996.

Under Tuan’s leadership, VietNamNet has raised significant political issues resulting in greater Vietnamese Government transparency and freedoms. He pioneered an interactive live format called the VietNamNet Online Roundtable that allowed online Vietnamese citizens to participate in interviews with leading political, social and cultural figures as well as foreign dignitaries. In 2009, Tuan conceived of an annual global initiative making September 9th World Compassion and Reconciliation Day. Additionally, he founded and organized the Vietnam National Concert to be held annually on September 2nd, Vietnam’s National Day holiday.

In 2011, he became a Pacific Leadership Fellow at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego. That year he addressed the prestigious Club de Madrid Conference, a gathering of former prime ministers and presidents, in a speech titled Democracy and Digital Technology.

From February 2011 to July 2014 Tuan was an Associate of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

He later became a Visiting Scholar at the College of Communication, Boston University for the academic years 2014-2015, and 2015-2016.

As a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School in 2007, Tuan researched major trends in the development of electronic media in Vietnam.

Tuan served on the Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Free-for-All Concert Fund in Boston. Since July of 2015 to November of 2017 he served as Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UCLA – UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California Los Angeles.

Tuan is a co-founder, and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Citizenship Education Network (GCEN), a collaboration between the Boston Global Forum and the UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education as well as being co-founder and Former Associate Editor of UCLA’s Global Commons Review.

In an effort to enhance cybersecurity worldwide, Tuan created Global Cybersecurity Day, produced the recent BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, and coauthored the Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC).

In November of 2017, Tuan and Governor Michael Dukakis founded AI World Society Initiative, and on June 25, 2018, Tuan and Governor Dukakis, Professor Thomas Patterson, Professor Nazli Choucri announced the Concepts of AI-Government. In 2018, Tuan created the World Leader in AI World Society Award, and the AI World Society Distinguished Lecture, and became the co-author of AI World Society Ethics and Practices Index.

Merkel ‘highly qualified’ for EU post: Juncker

Angela Merkel will bid farewell to the chancellor’s office in Berlin in 2021. The outgoing president of the European Commission thinks she is “a complete and endearing work of art” who would do well in Brussels.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Germany’s Funke Media Group on Saturday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is “highly qualified” for a top European Union job.

Asked whether he could imagine her assuming an EU office after her term as chancellor ends in 2021, Juncker said he “could not imagine” Merkel “disappearing into thin air.”

“She is not only a person of respect, but also a complete and endearing work of art,” Juncker said.

Merkel steered the bloc through a period of economic crisis and political turbulence after becoming chancellor in 2005, earning her the reputation of being Europe’s most powerful leader.

Upon announcing her intention to step down as leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Merkel said she would not seek any other political offices after 2021. Her longtime ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has succeeded her as party leader and is widely seen as a contender for the chancellorship.

Juncker’s historic hope

Juncker will step down as the head of the EU’s executive branch on October 31 after a single term in office.

The former prime minister of Luxembourg was appointed in 2014, after the European Parliament grouping that includes Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the European People’s Party (EPP) nominated him for the post and won the largest share of the vote in parliamentary elections.

Asked about what he would like historians to write about his presidency, Juncker said: “He tried his best … Perhaps it would be nice to add that he put some things in order.”